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Committee requires five Specialist Advisers for Post Pandemic Economic Growth inquiry

19 June 2020

The Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) Committee wishes to appoint a number of Specialist Advisers to help advise its members as part of its major new inquiry into Post Pandemic Growth in the UK.

We are looking for five Specialist Advisers from a range of backgrounds, who work or have recently worked at senior levels in industry, finance or academia. Each Specialist Adviser will be responsible for advising the Committee on its work in shadowing each of the five working groups that the BEIS department has established to advise Ministers, covering:

  • The future of industry: How to accelerate business innovation and leverage private sector investment in research and development
  • Green recovery: How to capture economic growth opportunities from the shift to net zero carbon emissions
  • Backing new businesses: How to make the UK the best place in the world to start and scale a business
  • Increasing opportunity: How to level up economic performance across the UK, including through skills and apprenticeships
  • The UK open for business: How to win and retain more high value investment for the UK

The Committee intends for the group of Specialist Advisers to represent a cross section of the economy, providing additional sectoral insight, beyond the individual leadership of each working group. Specialist Advisers will, as required, be invited to contribute to the discrete sub-inquiries launched as part of the super-inquiry on Post Pandemic Growth – for example, in reviewing the Industrial Strategy or Devolution in the UK. 

The work will be ad hoc (and no more than two days a week), and will mostly focus on the provision of sectoral data, economic analysis and research to help the Committee to engage constructively with emerging government policy and to provide scrutiny and oversight in key policy areas. Where appropriate, you will also be invited to take part in engagements with businesses, unions and other organisations and individuals who wish to contribute to our work across the five working group areas.

If you can help with this important work, please get in touch with us. To apply, please send a brief CV and covering letter outlining your relevant expertise and experience to beiscom@parliament.uk.

Please note we are now only recruiting for an adviser to help us with our work on green recovery. The closing date for applications is Tuesday 1 September.

FAQs

  1. In the first instance, the appointments will be fixed term for the period of one year (with the possibility of renewal).
  2. The time required will be an absolute maximum of two days a week. However, it will not be two days every week, and you will likely be called upon on an ad hoc basis as and when the Committee requires.  For example, you may be asked to help to prepare a brief for the Committee, which may take 3 or 4 days, but then not required by the Committee for some weeks. In the first instance, it is expected that you will be available to draft some background briefing and analysis for the Committee this coming August and September.
  3. There is a daily remuneration fee of up to a maximum of £280 (plus travel expenses) depending on your level of seniority and/or experience.
  4. Special Advisers support the work of Select Committees in many different ways. They often assist the Clerks and Inquiry Managers with briefs and reports, either by drafting or by reviewing the drafts prepared by the permanent staff. They provide bespoke background briefing to the Committee, read and summarize written evidence, and may be asked to provide advice on potential witnesses for oral evidence hearings.  In this instance, and as the initial advert suggests, the Committee is specifically seeking Special Advisers with some expertise in one of the 5 areas of work outlined by BEIS as follows:
  • Green recovery: How to capture economic growth opportunities from the shift to net zero carbon emissions (deadline 1st September)
  • The future of industry: How to accelerate business innovation and leverage private sector investment in research and development (deadline passed)
  • Backing new businesses: How to make the UK the best place in the world to start and scale a business (deadline passed)
  • Increasing opportunity: How to level up economic performance across the UK, including through skills and apprenticeships (deadline passed)
  • The UK open for business: How to win and retain more high value investment for the UK (deadline passed)
  • Each group will explore how business can work with government to deliver economic growth and jobs.
  • A major part of the role will be keeping abreast of the work the Government is doing in each of those areas, and briefing the Committee accordingly.

We are looking for Special Advisers who:

- are an expert in the subject matter being explored by this inquiry, thus giving the inquiry the benefit of their intellectual expertise and reputation.
- understands that their role is to give expert advice, and accepts that the inquiry remains the ‘property' of the Committee.
- have ideas on ways to improve the policy or topic under scrutiny.
- are able to participate in video calls with Committee staff and Committee Members.
- are not over committed on other projects, and are able to turn around documents at short notice, if necessary.

The main point of contact with the Committee is with the Committee Clerk or the relevant Inquiry Manager.

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